O What changed? The sportsbike world (and the Blade’s capacity, it was originally tested with a 749cc motor). Birth of the superbike. O Tell us about it: The original Fireblade was released in 1992, the same year as the NR750, and totally over-shadowed Honda’s oval-pistoned wonder. Breaking the accepted rule for an inline four sportsbike to be 749cc, the 893cc Blade was lighter, faster, better handling and more powerful than its rivals thanks to creator Tadao Baba’s obsession with weight saving and use of modern design techniques. A true game-changer. O Should I buy one? If you can get one at a good price, then yes. But too many are over-priced due to their status as a future investment. Blade rating:
CBR900RR Fireblade (N/P)
O What changed? Stronger crank, heavier flywheel, styling tweaks. O Tell us about it: The flywheel’s weight was increased to help smooth the drive out of bends while the crank was strengthened to cure unreliability issues when tuned. O Should I buy one? Up to your budget; you won’t feel the changes.
893cc + 185kg + 160.9mph | 122bhp @ 10,500rpm | 65ftlb @ 8000rpm
999.8cc + 199kg + 171mph | 175bhp @ 12,000rpm | 83.9ftlb @ 8500rpm